Glendale Community College Gymnasium was home of the match up between the Glendale Gauchos and the Central Arizona Vaqueras. The Feb. 10 contest was the second meeting between the teams. In the first meeting GCC came up short as Central Arizona was able to defend their home court and go on to win with a score of 90-47.
Not only were the Gauchos looking forward to getting some much needed revenge against Central Arizona, but they were also looking forward to snapping their four game losing streak. Of course, that would be easier said than done as CAC went into the game ranked number one in the conference standings with an impressive overall record of 20-5 and on a eight game winning streak.
“We just need to play together as a team, hit our shots when we’re open, play good ‘D’ and get the boards and I think that’s how we’ll come out with a win,” said Glendale guard Brittany West.
The first half was a close one for both teams as neither could get any sort of lead from one another. At the end of the first quarter the score was even at 21 as both teams converted on open shots.
As for the second quarter, GCC could not get any calls to go their way. Glendale struggled to keep CAC from getting second chance points off of offensive rebounds and eventually led to them going into the half down 33-34.
“We have to keep fighting on the boards, they’re a lot bigger than we are and we put up a great fight in the first half and competed… I thought the ladies did a great job of moving the ball and making some open shots… we’re excited to be in this position,” said GCC head coach Jennifer Niebling.
Glendale began the second half strong on defense as they got their hands on loose balls and turned them into fast break opportunities. The Gauchos also kept Central Arizona from coming down with second chance points which helped propel the into a 47-42 lead after three.
Unfortunately for GCC the third and fourth quarter would be a tale of two stories. Although Glendale went into the final period with full confidence in pulling off an upset, they would go on to commit double digit turnovers and failed to keep the Vaqueras off of the offensive glass.
Central Arizona went on to outscore the Gauchos 21-7 and end up with a 63-54 victory making it their ninth win in a row.
The defeat would go on to mark the fifth loss in a row for GCC.
“We have to stay calm on offense, run the offense correctly and continue doing what we were doing at the beginning of the game that kept us in the game,” said GCC guard Destiny Hollins.
Glendale will now look to snap their current losing streak at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Feb. 13.